Edgewater Wireless Systems has entered into a US$4.9 million Content Delivery Network (CDN) deal with World Affinity Telecom to provide WiFi3 to western and central Africa
The initial deployment of the technology will take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the second half of 2012.
An Edgewater Wireless source said that the company’s WiFi3 technology will be used to deliver broadband services and applications over WiFi and WLAN networks, initially throughout Freetown, and slowly across the rest of the country by 2013.
World Affinity Telecom chairman Amadou Tidiane Wone said, “As a former minister and Ambassador to Canada for Senegal, I am strongly committed to the growth and development of our continent through the advancement of technology.
“Through our partnership with Edgewater Wireless and deployment of WiFi3 will bring an innovative solution which will strengthen our communications and technology infrastructure in order to accelerate the development of our natural and human resources.”
Andrew Skafel, president of Edgewater Wireless, remarked, “The agreement with World Affinity represents a huge market opportunity for Edgewater Wireless to deliver broadband wireless services to western and central Africa.
“We expect Africa to be one of the fastest-growing markets globally for WiFi over the next five to 10 years,” he added. “The inherent advantages of Edgewater Wireless’ WiFi3 technology are a perfect fit for the large and rapidly emerging data access markets in Africa.”